ELA Lesson Plans #5


Hi everyone! I'm so sorry for missing the last two weeks.  We had a horrible hurricane and I couldn't post my lesson outlines.  The good news is that I'm back, and I may say this all the time, but next week is going to be so much fun!! I'm a huge proponent of engaging lessons that meet the student's needs while helping them to grow as learners. I'm also a sucker for thematic lesson plans and next week is a must for my students - Apple Week.  Don't you find great joy in teaching fun topics?


Before we start talking shared reading, let me tell you about a couple of activities that we'll be doing. We will be sampling yummy crockpot applesauce.  Of course I don't have the time to make it from scratch so I use jarred applesauce and warm it before the students arrive.  They have never figured it out and I hope you don't tell them!  We'll sample different varieties of apples and graph our favorites. We'll sample some apple candy and for incentives I'll pass out Apple Jacks.  We'll also have a basket full of fun apple books.

The standard that we will be learning is a little more challenging than others, but still very engaging and interesting to students.  We'll be taking a look at how events can connect through history and science.  In order to do this, we'll look at John Chapman's life.  The students will determine what each event causes later in John's lifetime.  For example, it is believed that many apple orchards exist because of John's work.  Without his travels we would not have had so many crabapples.  We'll also be taking a look at how apples can add nutrition to our diets, the pollination process and the apple lifecycle.  Just think of a time line and lifecycle wheel.

Once again writing will be an extension of our shared reading plans.  Each day we'll be writing an informative piece on an apple page.  When the students are done they we have an awesome apple book.  Just look at it below!





I am super excited to give my students independent workstation materials that couple so well with our shared reading and writing.  These centers will center around the five core components of reading:  phonics, phonemes, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.  I've spent a lot of time trying to create materials that work for each student, are engaging, purposeful and self explanatory.    Thank goodness I finally figured it out.  Click on the image below to find the unit.
To find the other materials that I used in these lesson outlines, click on the links below.



You can find my lesson plan pages at A Modern Teacher.

Super Supplies - Classroom Incentive That Works All Year


Would you like to use an easy incentive in the classroom that lasts for years? If so, super supplies are for you. Super supplies are a collection of special supplies that your students earn to use for the day. 


This caddy has smelly markers, smelly crayons, twist colored pencils, colored pens and mechanical pencils. The caddy itself was a beer caddy that I found on clearance at Target for $1. I painted it, took the bottle opener off and added vinyl with my Cricut. The supplies in my super supply  caddies usually last about three years so they're worth it.



Students in my classroom can purchase the super supply caddy with Dojo points. In the past I've used classroom dollars and tickets. Whatever your behavior incentive plan, set up a way for them to earn a day with the supplies. If you have any questions please leave them below!



ELA Lesson Plans #4

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Last week's lesson plans were super exciting! The kids worked together in order to learn how to summarize the main topic and key details of a text in writing. They were too busy having fun learning about zoo animals to notice how much learning they were doing.  This week we are moving away from informational text and into fiction.  

The first day of the week will be dedicated to learning to love reading.  Every nine weeks I host a Book Tasting.  I use a unit from Joanne Miller on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Students get to sample a ton of different genres and books with the objective of making a list of books that they would love to read.  Every teachers dream, right?  After the Book Tasting we will move into one of my favorite standards which is inferencing.  Students will use their questioning strategies along with finding key details in order to have fun inferring character traits, settings and other details in a text.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Students always love inferencing work stations.  I like to start with simple work stations where students look at pictures and use their schema to figure out what the pictures have in common.  These are my Inferring Bags.  We then move onto fun clues and animal tracks in order to figure out what tracks belong to which animal.  You can find the animal tracks task cards here.  We end the week with an informal assessment using character trait inferencing cards.  I promise it will be another fun filled week of meaningful learning!

My lesson plan templates can be found at A Modern Teacher Lesson Planners.

This week writer's workshop should move pretty smoothly.  Students will learn to make a writing plan and add descriptive adjectives to their writing.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

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ELA Lesson Plans #3

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

The year finally feels like it's coming together.  In the previous weeks the students have focused on asking and answering questions in their own words about key details in a text.  This week we are working on summarizing the main topic and key details of a text in writing.  The kids are super excited because we are using passages about zoo animals to summarize.  Differentiation is the key to keeping the kids engaged and learning at their full potential.  Reading and writing are incorporated together this week.  We start shared reading by finding key details and charting them.  The students then move on to summarizing the information in their own words during writing.  We finish by looking at our sentences and editing them.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

 To find the first of the lesson plans and my year at a glance, click here.

Click on the photo below to see the materials that I'm using this week.
Click here to learn all about summarizing differentiated text in the elementary classroom.  You'll find lesson plans for the ELA block including shared reading, independent work and writing.   You'll find everything you need for your second and third grade students.



Independent ELA Time - Reading Centers


Click here to learn all about ELA independent workstations or reading centers in the classroom.  These fun ideas work for any primary classroom.  Your first, second, or third grade students will love the centers and activities shared here.  Included are suggestions for center accountability, phonics, phonemes, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for the elementary classroom.


Does independent work time in the ELA block stress you out a little bit? Don't worry if it does, it stresses us all out a bit.  Read below to learn tried a true tips for getting the most out of your students.

Before you start workstations make sure that your students know procedures for doing everything in the class.  They need to know how to function on their own so that you can get the most out of guided reading. We have a CHAMP system in our class and this is what independent time looks like.  Conversations - 0 (no talking) for independent reading/work
1 (whisper) for workstations/buddy reading
Help- Ask 3 friends for help, if no one can help you, go into independent reading until the teacher is done with her group.
A- complete 30 minutes of independent reading and then go into a workstation of your choice
M-Free movement, move as needed.
P- Each of 5 workstations should be completed during the week.  Choose one a day as long as there aren't more than 3 people already in the station.  Work with a buddy in stations and independently on reading.

If you have a couple of students who can't handle independent time just yet, place them by your guided reading table to complete work until they can work on their own.  Consider allowing them to work in increments of 5 minutes a time independently until they can work the entire time on their own.

Introduce each workstation whole group and let the class practice together.  Once they can work on the station and follow the CHAMP, introduce the next station.  If they have a bad day, address it right away and go back in steps if needed. It's best to address behavior as soon as it happens so that it doesn't become a problem that keeps you from guided reading.

Each of my workstations are kept in rolling drawers like the ones below.  I sit a basket on top for materials that don't fit.  The workstations are differentiated so that students can work independently and don't get frustrated.  If you don't differentiate for students, they will either exhibit bad behavior because they can't complete the station, or they will get nothing from that hour of your class time.  Neither one are ultimate goals of good instruction.



Workstations in my class are centered around the five core components of early reading.
1.  Comprehension
2.  Phonics
3. Phonemes
4.  Fluency
5.  Vocabulary

Here are a few examples of workstations that I put out during the year:

1.  Comprehension


Click here to learn all about ELA independent workstations or reading centers in the classroom.  These fun ideas work for any primary classroom.  Your first, second, or third grade students will love the centers and activities shared here.  Included are suggestions for center accountability, phonics, phonemes, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for the elementary classroom.

Students can read differentiated text on topics of their choice and answer standards related questions.
Students can spin a comprehension spinner and answer questions in their notebooks.
Students can compare and contrast two texts on the same topic.


2.  Phonics

Click here to learn all about ELA independent workstations or reading centers in the classroom.  These fun ideas work for any primary classroom.  Your first, second, or third grade students will love the centers and activities shared here.  Included are suggestions for center accountability, phonics, phonemes, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for the elementary classroom.

Students can complete a host of phonics games.  Keeping the same format throughout the year helps them to gain independence and mastery without interrupting your guided reading time.

3.  Phonemes


Click here to learn all about ELA independent workstations or reading centers in the classroom.  These fun ideas work for any primary classroom.  Your first, second, or third grade students will love the centers and activities shared here.  Included are suggestions for center accountability, phonics, phonemes, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for the elementary classroom.

Students can work on manipulating sounds in word cards.
Students can sort words by individual sound.
Students can match words with similar sounds.


4.  Fluency


Students can use fluency cards.
Students can use a sand timer to time passage reading.
Students can time themselves reading leveled words.


5.  Vocabulary
Click here to learn all about ELA independent workstations or reading centers in the classroom.  These fun ideas work for any primary classroom.  Your first, second, or third grade students will love the centers and activities shared here.  Included are suggestions for center accountability, phonics, phonemes, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for the elementary classroom.
Students can work using a 4-square organizer to figure out unknown words.
Students can use clues to build vocabulary.
Students can use a vocabulary spinner to answer questions about vocabulary words.




Try to choose workstations that can be used throughout the year with content changes.  For example, for phonics and phonemes we have phonics games.  The game changes each week, but the format is the same so kids don't need new instruction every week for 5 workstations.  You can still change out the workstations as needed, but you won't necessarily have to.


To help students remember which stations they need and to hold them accountable for their work, consider giving them a simple sheet to fill out.  Click on the picture below for a free copy of my recording sheet.

Click here to learn all about ELA independent workstations or reading centers in the classroom.  These fun ideas work for any primary classroom.  Your first, second, or third grade students will love the centers and activities shared here.  Included are suggestions for center accountability, phonics, phonemes, comprehension, vocabulary and fluency for the elementary classroom.


Grouping students with buddies in workstations helps students to be successful and get the most out of their work.

At the end of each week, I just check the sheet off and return it to the students so that they know I'm holding them responsible for their independent work.

You can find all of the centers above in my TPT store.

Take a look at my ELA lesson outlines in this post.


ELA Lesson Plans #2


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

The previous week's lessons in reading focused on procedures, routines and teaching students the importance of asking and answering questions about key details in a text.  You can find ELA Lesson Plans #1 here.  By the end of the week students should be able to ask questions before, during and after reading so that they understand what the text is all about and why.  This week students will continue to ask and answer important questions in order to gain knowledge of details and be able to retell key details in their own words. It's important to gradually grow these reading skills and strategies so that students can start to summarize this information next week and eventually synthesize the information. Regardless of the student's reading level, they should be able to master all skills and strategies when given differentiated text.

During independent time students will build their stamina in independent reading and gain confidence in using skills and strategies in shared reading independently with self selected text.  The other portion of the independent block should be used to teach procedures and routines for independent work such as workstations.  When choosing workstations I use the five core components of reading:  comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, phonics and phonemes.  Each component will be represented in the work stations.  Students can also learn dictionary skills during independent time so that they can work independently to grow their vocabulary, check spelling and grow in grammar knowledge.

The following lesson plan templates are from A Modern Teacher .
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

During the previous week students learning focused on the hows and whys of writing.  They were able to complete a narrative piece so that teachers could assess where each child has the most potential to grow their writing.  Now teachers can model the basic conventions of writing starting with capital letters, punctuation and using nouns properly so that students can look at their writing and make corrections.  As students gain more knowledge of the process and procedures, the writing block will increase in time.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


ELA Lesson Plans #1


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Hi everyone! I've decided to share my lesson plan outlines with everyone each week or at least as often as I can.  If you aren't signed up for my newsletter, please sign up now.  I'll send the lesson plans and free resources out each month for you to have.  If my newsletter opt-in doesn't pop up for you, just email me and I'll add you to the list.  My hope is that we can collaborate and make the best learning experience possible for students.  You will definitely find lesson ideas and outlines in these series of posts.  You will not find detailed plans in these posts, but you will find links to my detailed units in my TPT store.  The following lesson plan templates are from A Modern Teacher.

Just like every teacher at back to school time I'm spinning my wheels and working through my exhaustion to get my plans up, going and best suited for students.  Please be patient with me.  Below you will find a very rough draft of my yearly plans.  As the next month goes by I will be updating these outlines and replacing them.



The first two weeks of my lesson plans are short.  My main focus is building a classroom culture with students and going over procedures with students that will set them up for success.  In my lesson outlines you will see T for teacher and Ss for students.

 Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

The first week of writing is most successful when procedures are created to set students up for success.  My main focus is on teaching students proper penmanship and a love for writing.  Youtube has a ton of videos that you can use to walk students through handwriting instruction.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson plans will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will the love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.